Creativity is an integral part of who I am and what I do. I have always been inspired by the world around me and for as long as I can remember, I have been drawing, crafting, lettering and designing. These artistic interests led me to study fine art and graphic design in college and graduate school, work as a graphic designer at several large advertising firms, teach design and typography at the college level, and eventually start my own stationery and monogram boutique.
It all started when I moved to Chicago in 2009. I was engaged to the wonderful man I now call my husband and during the process of planning our wedding, I decided to design EVERYTHING for our big day from the save the dates to the invitation suite to the day-of materials. I also sat down and drew my first custom monogram that served as a unifying element (a logo of sorts) for our wedding design. As soon as our invitations were in the mail, I had a couple of friends ask me to help design wedding stationery and create wedding monograms for them. I saw the opportunity and took it – Chena Design was born.
Chena Design is my first baby (I had an actual, precious little girl in 2013 and a son in 2015). I adore working one on one with my clients and creating the perfect stationery and designs for big life moments. My design studio is small, unique, and intimate. I want to build strong relationships with my clients while creating beautiful custom monograms, wedding invitations and other stationery. I firmly believe that everyone, no matter their budget, should be able to experience quality, custom, and timeless design. I absolutely love what I do and love helping people bring their visual dreams to life. Feel free to contact me about design, your inspirations, or anything else that comes to mind!
What do I do when I am not designing? You can find me spending most of my free time with my wonderful children, my loving husband and our crazy pets (Russell the cat and Beckett the dog). As a family, we love exploring Chicago, traveling, visiting the zoo, and eating good food. And in those rare few minutes to myself, you can find me reading just about any fiction I can get my hands on.
Where does the name Chena come from?
Funny you should ask…
My maiden name was Chenault, and at some point in my childhood a friend shortened it to Chena. It was my nickname through college, so it seemed fitting to keep it going when I finally started my business.
My goal is to create beautiful, custom, high-quality design that meets the expectations of my clients. I am here to visually interpret the aesthetic you dream of whether it is for a custom monogram, wedding stationery, other paper goods, or another design project. It is so important to me to build a strong relationship with my clients so that we can work seamlessly together during the entire design process. Please feel free to email me at any time to discuss your design needs for any special occassion or to ask any questions.